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A few years ago some woman on another site at which I hang out declared that "gear doesn't matter," but it is interesting to see how she's significantly changed her tune since then. Somewhere along the line she decided to play with shooting film (as many of us old-timers know, this is really just only part of the genuine film experience, it is not really going the whole route unless including hands-on darkroom work; IMHO scanning and digitalizing just is not the same at all) and suddenly she was accumulating old film cameras....

She still had (has?) her digital cameras and lenses but now for whatever reason Film had seized her attention (probably because it was becoming more and more trendy). It didn't take long until she was happily boasting to whoever might care that she is shooting FILM!!! (Both 35mm and MF) Well...... Isn't that just so special? Too bad that in reality it's not really unique. I suppose she's expecting the reaction of Woot! (OK, so where are the fireworks in celebration of this momentous situation?) Gee, isn't she forging an exciting new path?? Uh... Well....No.....

Of course whatever floats her boat and how forgivingly the bank account allows for for her to spend on her hobby is what she'll do and whatever path she'll follow in her exploration of Film will continue until she gets bored or tired of the process. In the meantime, inevitably (and certainly unsurprisingly), last I heard, her most recent acquisition is a classic Leica film camera.....

I wonder how soon it will be before those film cameras all wind up in a drawer or cabinet somewhere or traded in on something else, never to be touched again because, well, she's moved on to the Next Big Trend......
 
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I wish I still had my lovely Polaroid SX-70....
I was given one which was in terrific condition. I was very disappointed when one of the mirrors in the SLR assembly came loose and broke when I was collapsing the camera. I still toy with the idea of having it repaired, but the value isn't really there. Certainly a beautiful design, and oh so unique to this day.
 
OK, how 'bout this one?
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I've noticed prices on these have risen lately on the Goodwill auction site.
 
A few years ago some woman on another site at which I hang out declared that "gear doesn't matter," but it is interesting to see how she's significantly changed her tune since then. Somewhere along the line she decided to play with shooting film (as many of us old-timers know, this is really just only part of the genuine film experience, it is not really going the whole route unless including hands-on darkroom work; IMHO scanning and digitalizing just is not the same at all) and suddenly she was accumulating old film cameras....

She still had (has?) her digital cameras and lenses but now for whatever reason Film had seized her attention (probably because it was becoming more and more trendy). It didn't take long until she was happily boasting to whoever might care that she is shooting FILM!!! (Both 35mm and MF) Well...... Isn't that just so special? Too bad that in reality it's not really unique. I suppose she's expecting the reaction of Woot! (OK, so where are the fireworks in celebration of this momentous situation?) Gee, isn't she forging an exciting new path?? Uh... Well....No.....

Of course whatever floats her boat and how forgivingly the bank account allows for for her to spend on her hobby is what she'll do and whatever path she'll follow in her exploration of Film will continue until she gets bored or tired of the process. In the meantime, inevitably (and certainly unsurprisingly), last I heard, her most recent acquisition is a classic Leica film camera.....

I wonder how soon it will be before those film cameras all wind up in a drawer or cabinet somewhere or traded in on something else, never to be touched again because, well, she's moved on to the Next Big Trend......
You spend way too much time thinking about me. Get over it.
 
Thanks for the welcome. There’s just so much to unpack in the previous quote that it’s astounding. 🙄

I assume the rest of you here are kinder. I’ve otherwise heard nice things about this forum, I just haven’t had a chance to participate since joining last year.
Well I look forward to your photos 👍🏻
 
Fear not, 'tis quite the comfortable space.

Welcome aboard!

Well I look forward to your photos 👍🏻
Thank you! There are a lot of forums here for me to figure out. But here are a some images from my "trendy" film cameras.

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5. A Yashica Mat 124 that I forgot to code in LR.

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Oh, I also have that trendy Fuji X100V.

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A GFX 50s ii

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And lots and lots of Nikon gear, but I think I've already posted more photos than necessary for this particular post. 😉

I don't buy gear because it's trendy, I buy gear because I like it. And I do think that gear doesn't matter, because as you can clearly see here, I can take a good photo with any gear that's handed to me, even an Instax. But different gear does different things, and I like to experiment and feel the process of using varied equipment.

And while it's true that I've never printed my own prints in the darkroom, I do actually develop all my black and white film myself at home, and I also scan all my film, regardless of whether it's lab or home processed, and I can tell you there is an art to itself of learning how to get a good scan. I fully recognize that it is a very different process, but it's still challenging nonetheless. I believe all methods are valid and have their own pros and cons. And even if I did print, I'd still have to digitize the negatives to share them online regardless.

And to the actual topic at hand, I do not think that having a digital camera is trendy. Nor is having a film camera. With the proliferation of phone cameras, photography has never been more accessible than it is now, and I think the more people who engage in the hobby, regardless of whether it's a phone or a dedicated camera, the better.
 
Thank you! There are a lot of forums here for me to figure out. But here are a some images from my "trendy" film cameras.

1.
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5. A Yashica Mat 124 that I forgot to code in LR.

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Oh, I also have that trendy Fuji X100V.

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A GFX 50s ii

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And lots and lots of Nikon gear, but I think I've already posted more photos than necessary for this particular post. 😉

I don't buy gear because it's trendy, I buy gear because I like it. And I do think that gear doesn't matter, because as you can clearly see here, I can take a good photo with any gear that's handed to me, even an Instax. But different gear does different things, and I like to experiment and feel the process of using varied equipment.

And while it's true that I've never printed my own prints in the darkroom, I do actually develop all my black and white film myself at home, and I also scan all my film, regardless of whether it's lab or home processed, and I can tell you there is an art to itself of learning how to get a good scan. I fully recognize that it is a very different process, but it's still challenging nonetheless. I believe all methods are valid and have their own pros and cons. And even if I did print, I'd still have to digitize the negatives to share them online regardless.

And to the actual topic at hand, I do not think that having a digital camera is trendy. Nor is having a film camera. With the proliferation of phone cameras, photography has never been more accessible than it is now, and I think the more people who engage in the hobby, regardless of whether it's a phone or a dedicated camera, the better.
Beautiful images, by the way! I really like the treatment of color.
 
Thank you! There are a lot of forums here for me to figure out. But here are a some images from my "trendy" film cameras.

1.
View attachment 443038

2.

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3.
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4.

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5. A Yashica Mat 124 that I forgot to code in LR.

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6.

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Oh, I also have that trendy Fuji X100V.

7.

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8.

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A GFX 50s ii

9.

View attachment 443049

11.

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And lots and lots of Nikon gear, but I think I've already posted more photos than necessary for this particular post. 😉

I don't buy gear because it's trendy, I buy gear because I like it. And I do think that gear doesn't matter, because as you can clearly see here, I can take a good photo with any gear that's handed to me, even an Instax. But different gear does different things, and I like to experiment and feel the process of using varied equipment.

And while it's true that I've never printed my own prints in the darkroom, I do actually develop all my black and white film myself at home, and I also scan all my film, regardless of whether it's lab or home processed, and I can tell you there is an art to itself of learning how to get a good scan. I fully recognize that it is a very different process, but it's still challenging nonetheless. I believe all methods are valid and have their own pros and cons. And even if I did print, I'd still have to digitize the negatives to share them online regardless.

And to the actual topic at hand, I do not think that having a digital camera is trendy. Nor is having a film camera. With the proliferation of phone cameras, photography has never been more accessible than it is now, and I think the more people who engage in the hobby, regardless of whether it's a phone or a dedicated camera, the better.
I love the minimalist and moody style, lovely 😊
 
Perhaps the real secret of which ancient digital cameras truly transform one into a hipster or an influencer ... is whether they take nearly 30 seconds to write a RAW file to the ancient CF memory cards which fill up their innards? If that proves to be the case, then my C-7070 may soon (within the next 30 years, these things take time) transform me into a nouveau hipfluencer * ?

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* (which is what those of us who still use CompactFlash cards are now calling ourselves :hiding:)
 
Perhaps the real secret of which ancient digital cameras truly transform one into a hipster or an influencer ... is whether they take nearly 30 seconds to write a RAW file to the ancient CF memory cards which fill up their innards? If that proves to be the case, then my C-7070 may soon (within the next 30 years, these things take time) transform me into a nouveau hipfluencer * ?

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* (which is what those of us who still use CompactFlash cards are now calling ourselves :hiding:)
My dear old Nikon Coolpix E5000 used to take around 50 seconds to write a 5 MPx RAW file to its CF card.

My FTs cameras were a LOT faster!
 
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